Dhoni`s rotation policy defies logic, nonsense: Former players

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 18:14

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketers on Monday slammed Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s controversial rotation policy with one of them saying that it defies logic and another going to the extent of calling it "utter nonsense".

Dhoni had stated that senior players such Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have to be rotated to ensure that the fielding standards of the side are maintained.

But the policy has drawn sharp reactions from former players.

Spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi said rotation makes sense only if players are in form.

"I don`t know what is the logic behind this rotation policy and what exactly is Dhoni thinking. But for me, the rotation policy makes sense when your players are in good form. But here none of the players are in good form. So where does the question of rotating them comes when they are not scoring?" asked Bedi.

Former captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar said it was fine to rotate players as long as team`s winning prospects were not jeopardised.

"Rotation policy is good but should not be a hard and fast rule. One should always strive to field the best eleven players.

"It`s upto the (tour) selectors to rest some player if they feel he is jaded and needs rest. As I have said if you feel someone needs rest or is looking jaded and tired playing against the same team, give him rest but at the same time it`s important to win. It`s a fine balancing act," he opined.

Former spinner Maninder Singh, meanwhile, called the idea "utter nonsense".

"Basically they are okay fielders.. if they are scoring runs then you are fine with it, if they are not scoring runs then they become a liability."

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 18:14

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